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UPDATED: France’s Naval Group hunts Indonesian and Philippine submarine deals

19th May 2023 - 09:43 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


The two countries could join the likes of India, Malaysia, and Brazil in operating Scorpene submarines. (Photo: Naval Group)

French shipbuilder Naval Group is on the hunt for new potential submarine deals, including opportunities in Indonesia – which is looking for new boats – and in the Philippines, where Manilla seeks to generate a new subsurface capability.

Naval Group is seeking success in both markets with its Scorpene submarine design that has been successfully sold globally and regionally in the Indo-Pacific to Malaysia and India.

Indonesia currently operates two classes of submarines, the Cakra  and Nagapasa classes from Germany and South Korea, respectively; however, with growing strategic tension, Jakarta has expressed an ambition for more boats.

In total, Indonesia fields four submarines, one Cakra and three Nagapasas, but it is seeking a fleet of 12 SSKs.

Indonesia has a contract for three more Nagapasa-class boats. However, the country's sights now seem to have shifted to

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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